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Real Spain on the Costa Blanca

If you’re looking for a cultural break to Spain but you don’t want to stray too far off the well-beaten tourist track of the Costa Blanca, consider Altea. Despite lying just north of Benidorm and within an hour of Alicante by car, the city has the feel of an unspoiled …

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Shanghai: a city of contrasts

Shanghai is the second largest city in China: colourful, exotic and quickly making a name for itself as a must-visit long haul destination. In the past it has been the domain of adventurers, swindlers, gamblers, drug runners, the idle rich, fashion dandies, tycoons, missionaries, dangerous gangsters and pimps; a dark …

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Prague’s value breaks win

City breaks have become popular with working Brits who may not have the time or money to take more than one long holiday a year. A short break to a European city is a much needed tonic and a treat that most people can afford, especially if they choose a …

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Break to Bruges

If you love chocolate, beer, canals and charm, the Belgian city of Bruges, just a train drive away on Eurostar, offers the perfect destination for a city break. It is regarded as the best preserved medieval city in northern Europe as is fondly known as the Venice of the North. …

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The Road to Marrakesh

Hopping on a plane for a city break has become one of the most popular getaways for the British. There are endless cities to choose from within reach of a short haul flight, but none will lead you to a more exotic destination than Marrakesh, the travel capital of Morocco. …

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Living it up in Las Vegas

Though a bit heavy on the neon, Las Vegas is a true feast for the eyes. Every hotel is striving to top the next one with its own unique theme, majestic entrances, enticing casinos, delectable restaurants and impressive entertainment. It can be said that Las Vegas does not have a …

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Sublime Sorrento

Sorrento, located on the Gulf of Naples, offers an intoxicating mix of Italian culture, with simply stunning views across orchard-lined hills and its rugged coastline. It is also an ideal base for exploring nearby Capri, Pompeii, Herculaneum, Mount Vesuvius and the Amalfi coast. The picturesque harbour town has been in …

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Spreading the news on New York

New York is synonymous with movies, fame, bright lights and fantastic shopping. In fact the list of things it’s well known for could go on for pages. So it’s not surprising that many people can talk with authority on the city that’s so good, as they song goes, they named …

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Dash to Dublin

Located near the midpoint of Ireland’s east coast at the mouth of the River Liffey, Dublin was founded as a Viking settlement. But for much of the country’s history and since medieval times, Dublin has been Ireland’s primary city. Today, it is an economic, administrative and cultural centre of Ireland …

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There’s no place like home

If you were going to attempt a guess at Britain’s favourite European city, what you say? The historic yet romantic city of Venice wouldn’t be a bad assumption, while many of us would probably stump for France’s stylish metropolis, Paris. Both would be wrong, as London and Manchester are the …

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Sinful but sun-filled St Tropez

Of all the exuberant cities on the Cote d’Azur, St Tropez has the most sinful reputation for fun and frolicking. It is glamorous, gregarious and oh so gorgeous. They say that anything goes in St Tropez, the playground of rich, famous and beautiful people. It sports some of Europe’s most …

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Get Arty in Aarhus

Denmark’s second largest city, Aarhus, offers a vibrant art and cultural scene making it an excellent choice for an “art-house” weekend away. Its heady mixture of old-world charm, vibrant social life and rich beautiful scenery, make the perfect ingredients for a relaxing city break. Aarhus is situated on the East …

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Paris, Rome, Madrid and… Birmingham?

Let’s be honest, with glamorous places such as Paris, Rome and Madrid on offer, it is probably fair to say that Birmingham doesn’t feature at the top of many people’s list of great cities to visit. But with its sleek hotels, plentiful museums, modern architecture and exhibitions, perhaps it should. …

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Child-friendly city breaks

At first glance, there is little about a city-break that screams “child-friendly”. With its busy roads, frantic city workers and a distinct lack of greenery you would be forgiven for thinking this would be the worst place to bring a child. But you would be wrong, as more families are …

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Are budget airlines worth the savings?

Budget airlines started in the early 1990s, offering lower fares for no-frills travel. The likes of EasyJet, Ryanair and Flybe have increasingly offered cheaper and cheaper flights to destinations (generally speaking) all over Europe, saving money by getting rid of those in flight ‘extras’ such as movies, food and peanuts. …

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Short Haul Travel-5 Hot Destinations for Winter

During the bleak midwinter of Britain, it’s understandable that many of us feel an urge to suddenly splash some cash and escape the bitter cold. Unfortunately, though, Europe offers little for the sunseeker in need of genuine heat. But don’t fret, here are five destinations to consider that won’t cost …

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Short Haul Travel-6 Spectacular European Christmas Markets

Whilst the phenomenon is a relatively recent addition to Britain’s festivities, over on the continent, city squares have been filling up with stalls selling everything from fresh food to gifts for longer than anyone can remember. A tradition spanning centuries, it’s unsurprising that with the rise of budget airlines, many …

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7 Days To Save Your Life

When you meet the owners of Inside Out Spain it is difficult to believe that only recently they were suffering from the effects of ill health, addiction and depression. Nestled among the Bernia Mountains in the Lliber Region of the Costa Blanca, the resort provides the resources and support for …

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